Learn About SSCA

Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA) strives to cultivate successful relationships of a global nature among the youth, adults and businesses of Sonoma Valley through cultural, educational, and social events, along with leadership programs which emphasize reaching out to potential partners and beneficiaries within our sister city communities.

SSCA programs are supported by local volunteers and city officials and foster long-term relationships with cities abroad, opening the doors to meaningful and lasting global friendships and connections which promotes mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Meet the Board of Directors

Our Board consists of elected officers and the chairperson of each city committee as well as Bocce Sonoma and is staffed by volunteers. We also have board members who oversee particular functions which support all committees and SSCA as a whole: government compliance, membership, communications and public relations, and operations. Board members contribute advice and various levels of support to project leaders working to fullfill the mission of Sister Cities International. Pictured: (Back Row/L-R) Joanne Sanders (Chamson Chair), Patrick Garcia (Patzcuaro Chair), Barry Walner (Bocce Sonoma), George McKale (Treasurer and Aswan Chair), Hans Steuck (Vice-President) (Front Row/L-R) Sylvia Toth (Tokaj Co-Chair), Monica Menco (Communications and Public Relations Director), Diana Short (Greve Chair), Farrel Beddome (President), Violet Espiritu (Secretary), Gigi Pfleger (Membership)  Not Picured:  Joan Toth (Tokaj Co-Chair) and Jack Ding (Compliance)

Sonoma City Hall

Thank You to the City of Sonoma

SSCA would not be possible without the authorization and involvement of the City of Sonoma.  Each of our sister city relationships results from an official agreement between each city government.  Sister city relationships are the result of timely, careful communciations between representatives of each city who work with SSCA to advance the mission of Sister Cities International and create the opportunity for citizen to citizen diplomacy.  Our current mayor, Ms. Laurie Gallian, has been personally involved with delegation visits, as have other members of the City Council.   Click here for more infromation about the City of Sonoma.

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Help Support The Chinese Legacy Project

This year marks the beginning of the Sonoma-Penglai Sister City Committee's (SPSSC) ambitious project to commemorate the significant contribution made by the many Chinese laborers who helped create the vineyards [...]


The Sonoma Penglai Sister City Committee (SPSCC) wants to let everyone know that the kick-off of the Wine Country Chinese Legacy Project Campaign has begun.  What is the Wine Country [...]

Thanks to All for a Great Pop-UP!

The second SSCA Pop-UP of 2016 was held on the afternoon of Sunday, September 11 at the beautiful Maysonnave house, one of the jewels of Sonoma managed by the League [...]

Sister Cities International Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Sister Cities International (SCI), the parent organization of the Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA), will turn sixty years old on Sunday September 11, 2016.   Founded by President Eisenhower during the [...]

Sonoma – Greve Sister Cities Committee Invites You to Support the Sonoma Stompers

The Sonoma – Greve in Chianti Sister City Committee invites you to join us as we cheer on the Sonoma Stompers vs Pittsburg Diamonds at Arnold Field on Sunday, August [...]

Sonoma – Greve in Chianti Committee Meeting to Discuss Revitalization Plan

SONOMA, CA The Sonoma – Greve in Chianti Sister City Committee will hold a kick-off meeting (no host bar/food) on Sunday, June 26 at 4:00 pm at Mary’s Pizza Shack [...]

Click here to learn about the Chinese Legacy Project.
The annual Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee event will be on 12 November 2016, and will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. Check back her and watch your email for more information. If you’d like to receive emails ab out this event, contact tokaj@sonomasistercitiesassociation.org to get added to the Friends of Tokaj email list.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Please join the SSCA Board and the Sonoma City Council in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sister Cities International on Sunday, September 11th from 4:30 -6:30 p.m. at the Maysonavve House, 291 First Street East, Sonoma.  This is a free event, open to all.
  • The Sonoma-Greve Committee and friends cheered on the Sonoma Stompers as they played against the Pittsburg Diamonds on Sunday August 14th at Armond Field.  Over 50 Sonoma-Greve tickets were sold and thanks to all who turned out in the bleachers and for the pot-luck tailgate held at the Depot Park parking lot.  Stay tuned for news about the next Sonoma-Greve activity.
  • November 12, 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, and the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee (STSCC) is planning a commemorative event which will include a short film and and panel discussion to explain the historic context of this tragedy—that brought so many Hungarians to America.  To that end, the STSCC is looking for local Hungarians who lived through that experience.  If you would like to participate, please contact Sylvia Toth for more information